Fleet school’s voluntary one-way system gets parish council backing

The most recent reception year children to feel safer because of a voluntary one-way system designed by parents, staff and governors at Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, Fleet.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The most recent reception year children to feel safer because of a voluntary one-way system designed by parents, staff and governors at Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, Fleet. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A voluntary one-way system agreed between parents, staff and governors at a school in Fleet has been backed by parish councillors.

The system – which sees parents taking and collecting children from Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in a way that avoids traffic congestion in the village – won support from Fleet Parish Council members at a meeting last Monday.

Under the system, parents come along Fleet Road, Old Main Road and Hocklesgate to the school in Hazelwood Lane, before driving away along Churchgate, Hallgate and Eastgate, back onto Old Main Road.

Pastor Ross Dean, chairman of governors at the school, said: “Hazelwood Lane doesn’t have any pavements at all but some years ago, a councillor suggested that it would be possible to have a voluntary, one-way system around Fleet so that no road would be overloaded with traffic.

“This meant that as many cars as possible were all facing in the same direction which stopped cars ending up in a stalemate where they couldn’t go forwards or reverse backwards.

“But at our council meeting in March, there seemed to be a refusal on the part of one member to accept the voluntary one-way system and who thought that all children should be made to walk to school.”

It was thought by councillors that we either have a voluntary one-way system or we don’t, ending up with traffic coming from both directions of Hazlewood Lane

Pastor Ross Dean, chairman of governors, Fleet Wood Lane Primary School

Concern about the system was raised by Coun Joan Woolard who thought it was too dangerous, especially if HGVs and other high tonnage vehicles travelling through the area came past the school “the wrong way round” the voluntary system.

During the March meeting, Coun Woolard also said that a bus driver was criticised by a parent for parking on the wrong side of the road.

But Mr Dean said: “We had a parish council meeting last Monday when we agreed that the one-way system was the best option.

“It was thought by councillors that we either have it voluntarily or we don’t, ending up with traffic coming from both directions of Hazlewood Lane.

“With 168 parents bringing their children in cars to Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, the voluntary one-way system works exceptionally well.”

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